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The Music of Peter Maxwell Davies

The Music of Peter Maxwell Davies

by Nicholas Jones, Richard McGregor


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Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016) was one of the leading international composers of the post-war period as well as one of the most productive. This book provides a global view of his music, integrating a number of resonant themes in the composer's work while covering a representative cross-section of his vast output - his work list encompasses nearly 550 compositions in every established genre. Each chapter focuses on specific major works and offers general discussion of other selected works connected to the main themes. These themes include compositional technique and process; genre; form and architecture; tonality and texture; allusion, quotation and musical critique; and place and landscape. Throughout, the book contends that Davies's works are not created in a vacuum but are intimately connected to, and are a reflection of, 'the past'. This deep engagement occurs on a number of levels, fluctuating and interacting with the composer's own predominantly modernist idiom and evoking a chain of historical resonances. Making sustained reference to Davies's own words, articles and programme notes as well as privileged access to primary source material from his estate, the book illuminates the composer's practices and approaches while shaping a discourse around his music.

NICHOLAS JONES is Senior Lecturer in Musicology at Cardiff University.

RICHARD MCGREGOR is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Cumbria and part-time Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783274833
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 03/20/2020
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Biography, Stylistic Development, Autobiography
Compositional Technique and Process
Form and Architecture
Tonality and Texture
Allusion, Quotation, Musical Critique
Landscape and Place
Catalogue of works
Select bibliography
Index of Works by Peter Maxwell Davies